13 Jan 2019

Atlanta housing market may have hit a turning point

After six years of tilting toward sellers, the metro Atlanta housing market may be starting to even out.

Atlanta is definitely not yet a buyer’s market, but the trend of ever-greater competition for a shrinking number of properties seems to have peaked, giving local buyers a fighting chance of making a deal, according to a report this week from Re/Max Georgia.

“The kind of market we had before just couldn’t last forever and 2018 was the year it started to normalize a little,” said John Rainey, Re/Max vice president for Georgia. “I don’t think this year will be anything drastic. But I think if you are a seller, it will not be quite as good for you. Homes will not be selling as quickly.”

Several patterns seemed to change in 2018, for related reasons.

Perhaps most importantly, the number of homes listed for sale stopped shrinking.

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That supply of listings – inventory – has been key to the steady rise in home prices since 2012. At first, the shortage was pegged to the housing collapse in 2007 – a crash that triggered a painful and deep recession.

As the economy improved, the market was flooded with homes for sale – homes that had been foreclosed, new construction that had never been lived in, homes that owners had been waiting for a chance to sell.

Inventory in a healthy market – in which neither buyers nor sellers have the upper hand – should represent six or seven months of sales. But coming out of the recession, that inventory represented nearly on a year’s worth of sales.

That gave buyers the edge.

That advantage evaporated as economy improved and the ratio of listings to buyers fell. By early 2018, inventory was less than two months of sales – an extreme tilt benefiting sellers and pushing up prices.

The result: average prices by mid-2018 were up a resounding 170 percent from early 2012 with much of the surge driven by a shortage of lower-priced homes.

But inventory started ticking up through the rest of last year, hitting four months in November.

That is not a perfect balance, but it’s a lot closer, and it will slow price hikes, said Rainey. “I do believe there will continue to be an increase in prices, but I don’t think it will be the result of bidding wars,” he said.

Average home prices year over year were generally rising at a double-digit pace from 2012 to 2015. Last year, they were up about 8 percent, according to Re/Max data.

But there’s another side to the equation: demand.

Different prices have different markets and at the upper end, there is not a shortage of homes for sale. (Aaron Thompson, courtesy Christian Angle Real Estate) (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

The “pool” of inventory doesn’t drain so fast when there are fewer potential buyers, said Skylar Olsen, director of economic research for Zillow, an online real estate data company. “I would expect that demand will continue to relax. That will make the pool of homes for sale look better. It will look like there are more homes for sale.”

Olsen predicts that home values this year will rise only half as fast as last year – something that will help keep homes more affordable.

Atlanta’s economy has been strong, the population has been expanding, yet the demand for new homes has not kept pace. Some of that is the result of changing demographics – many of Atlanta’s new residents are millennials who either cannot afford to buy homes or simply prefer to rent.

Or both.

Most young people want to buy a home eventually, but only a small fraction think this is the year, said Igor Popov, chief economist for Apartment List, a national apartment listing service. “Millennials lag behind previous generations in homeownership, and 2019 will not be the year that they catch up.”

The biggest obstacle to owning for slightly more than half of renters is the challenge of saving enough for a down-payment, according to a recent survey by Trulia, a listing site for renters and buyers.

But Census data shows millennials are not settling down and having children as soon as earlier generations. And many young professionals working jobs in the city of Atlanta say they would prefer to live close to their jobs.

That means more modest demand for houses, which also helps balance the market.

Rainey sees that as portending a good, if unspectacular year.

“Atlanta is one of the healthier real estate markets in the nation,” he said. “I think 2019 will not be a year where we want to pop the cork on a bottle of champagne, but it won’t be a year we’ll jump out of a building either.”

Median sales price, end of year

2018: $234,900

2017: $218,000

2016: $205,794

2015: $192,900

2014: $179,000

2013: $159,000

2012: $126,925

2011: $103,000

2010: $123,400

2009: $140,705

Source: Re/Max

Difference between average list price and sale price

2018: 9.7 percent

2017: 11.0 percent

2016: 8.5 percent

2015: 3.6 percent

2014: 8.2 percent

2013: 7.0 percent

2012: 15.4 percent

2011: 17.6 percent

2010: 13.6 percent

2009: 14.7 percent

Source: Re/Max, staff research

Number of homes for sale in November, metro Atlanta

2018: 23,393

2017: 21,441

2016: 24,012

2015: 25,137

2014: 26,449

2013: 22,580

2012: 22,059

2011: 38,297

2010: 49,654

2009: 51,449

Source: Re/Max

Supply vs. Demand in November: How many months of sales do listings represent?

2018: 4.0 months

2017: 3.0 months

2016: 3.7 months

2015: 4.0 months

2014: 4.8 months

2013: 4.1 months

2012: 3.7 months

2011: 6.7 months

2010: 10.7 months

2009: 11.4 months

Source: Re/Max

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04 Jan 2019

Official portrait of GA Gov. and Mrs. Deal unveiled in State Capitol

Official portrait of GA Gov. and Mrs. Deal

ATLANTA, GA (WTVM) – The official portrait of Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and his wife, Sandra Deal, has been unveiled at the State Capitol.

The portrait, painted by Thomas Nash, will be put on display outside the governor’s office on the Capitol’s second floor.

The portrait is equal parts beautiful and symbolic as many items in the portrait symbolize significant achievements from his time in office.

“We should all be mindful that the accomplishments of the last eight years are not something I did alone,” said Deal. “No single office or person should seek credit for such efforts. All of the things symbolized in this portrait were made possible by unsung heroes who had important roles in bringing various initiatives to fruition, and for that I am truly thankful. So many people are a part of this portrait, as we are all committed to furthering the gains we have made, and we are all dedicated to a stronger economy, better opportunities through education and a state that values justice. I am indeed proud of what we have achieved, together, these last eight years.”

The scales of justice representing Deal’s leadership on criminal justice reforms A toy car representing economic development, including several motor vehicle companies locating major operations in Georgia An apple on top of a children’s book symbolizing education investments and Mrs. Deal’s visits to schools across the state A copy of Mrs. Deal’s book “Memories of the Mansion” that details the history of the Governor’s Mansion A construction crane representing the ongoing construction of a new judicial complex

Deal has served as the governor of Georgia since 2011. He will be succeeded by Brian Kemp who will take office on Jan. 14, 2019.

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28 Dec 2018

Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl And Free Yoga: Atlanta This Weekend

ATLANTA, GA — There’s always some added pressure when it comes to finding ways to spend the final weekend of the year. Luckily, there’s plenty to choose from as we enter into the last days of 2018. Learn about essential oils during a hands-on Make & Take class or head to Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the annual Chick-fil-A Bowl.

Here’s what else is happening around the city:

Neighborhood: Vinings

Charlie Wilson, one of R&B’s most premier voices, is heading to Atlanta for a live performance this Friday. As the former lead vocalist for The Gap Band and the voice behind a number of timeless hits including "There Goes My Baby" and "Charlie, Last Name Wilson," attendees are sure to be in for an impressive evening.

Where: Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway

When: Friday, Dec. 28, at 8 p.m.

Neighborhood: Vinings

Thanks to their various health benefits, essential oils were big in 2018, and they are sure to be just as impactful in 2019. If you’d like to learn more about essential oils, head to Waiting On Martha Home for their Beginner’s Guide To Essential Oils class. The $10 admission to this class includes a linen spray, a mood-boosting roller ball blend, bubbles and light bites.

Where: Waiting On Martha Home, 4300 Paces Ferry Road SE

When: Saturday, Dec. 29 at 10 a.m.

Neighborhood: West End

Downward dog your way into the new year with a free yoga class courtesy of Southwest Atlanta Yoga. The yoga studio has hosted a series of free classes leading up to their grand opening in January 2019. Saturday’s class will serve as the last free class in the series.

Where: Southwest Atlanta Yoga, 785 Whitehall Street SW

When: Saturday, Dec. 29 at 9 a.m.

Neighborhood: Downtown

There’s sure to be a surplus of Gators and Wolverines in the city this weekend as the Florida Gators and Michigan Wolverines prepare to battle it out during the annual Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. Prior to Saturday’s game, expect plenty of tailgating and fanfare as supporters for both teams flock to downtown Atlanta.

Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium

When: Saturday, Dec. 29, at 12 noon

Neighborhood: West Midtown

These days, Atlanta is home to a surplus of worthy breweries, meaning that visiting them all can be quite the chore. Thankfully, Southern Beer Tours will be stopping by a total of three breweries on their upcoming tour: SweetWater Brewing Company, Atlanta Brewing Company and Monday Night Brewing. Each tour includes round-trip transportation from Buckhead, admission to each brewery, one pint of beer at each stop and a gift bag.

Where: SweetWater Brewing Company, Atlanta Brewing Company, and Monday Night Brewing

When: Saturday, Dec. 29 at 12 noon

Neighborhood: Midtown

With winter break still in full swing, parents who have run out of kid-friendly activities can head over to the High Museum for Winter Art Break. As part of this series, museum-goers can browse exhibits with a family guide and make art with the assistance of High Museum teaching artists.

Where: High Museum, 1280 Peachtree Street NE

When: Sunday, Dec. 30, at 1 p.m.

Neighborhood: Little Five Points

Wind down the year on a creative note with an open mic night at neighborhood coffeehouse, Java Lords. Hosted by Theresa Davis, this particular open mic welcomes a variety of talents, including interpretive dance, poetry and songs.

Where: Java Lords, 1105 Euclid Avenue NE

When: Sunday, Dec. 30 at 8 p.m.

Photo: Jeannie Abell via Abell Images for the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

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09 Dec 2018

Atlanta United Victory Parade Set For Monday In Downtown

ATLANTA, GA — For the first time in more than 20 years, downtown Atlanta will be the site of a victory parade on Monday. Atlanta United FC became the city’s first major league championship team of the 21st century on Saturday with its 2-0 victory over the Portland Timbers for the MLS Cup championship.

The parade kicks off at 10 am at the corner of Baker and Peachtree streets, next to SunTrust Plaza. The open-top bus parade will travel down Baker Street, Marietta Street, and Andrew Young International Boulevard. The parade route will end at The Home Depot Backyard at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. A celebration with the players and coaches, as well as Arthur and Angie Blank, will begin at noon.

The largest crowd in MLS history, 73,091, saw the Five Stripes earn the MLS Cup in only its second season of existence.

After a tense opening few minutes, it was Miguel Almirón who nearly took the lead. Julian Gressel fought through pressure to find Greg Garza open down the left wing, whose cross fell to the feet of the Paraguayan #10. Almirón made a strong connection with the ball and it was headed for the net, only to be kept out by a fingertip save.

But just before halftime, Atlanta United showed they wouldn’t be denied. It all started with a tackle, as Michael Parkhurst put incredible pressure on the Timbers attacker, slide tackling the ball into the path of Josef Martinez behind the Timbers defense. The 2018 MVP was lethal from there, putting the goalkeeper on the ground and rounding him to rifle home the opener.

The eventual match-winner was a massive moment for sure, but there was an equally crucial play just moments later on the others side of the pitch. After a dominant spell in the first half, the Timbers’ lethal counter-attack almost created a goal out of nothing with Jeremy Ebobisse getting his head to a point-blank effort. But Brad Guzan came up with a massive save just before the halftime whistle to preserve Atlanta United’s lead heading into the break.

Coming into the second half, it was still a precarious one-goal lead for the Five Stripes. But roared on by Atlanta’s unbelievable atmosphere they all but shut the door minutes into the second half. It came off a set piece, with Josef Martinez getting a glancing header on the cross and Franco Escobar sliding home the second goal of the night to give Atlanta a crucial insurance goal.

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05 Jun 2018

Ga. Tech catcher Joey Bart makes history at the MLB draft

ATLANTA–Georgia Tech catcher Joey Bart made Major League Baseball history on Monday night, becoming the highest-selected Yellow Jackets player since the MLB amateur draft launched in 1965.

Bart, who was taken by the San Francisco Giants at No. 2 overall, was the first positional player off the board.

With the Jackets, the junior Bart amassed 16 homers, 38 RBI and 55 runs this season, along with elite-level tallies for batting average (.357), on-base percentage (.471), slugging percentage (.632) and OPS (1.103).

It’s worth noting: Last year’s No. 2 overall pick, prep pitcher Hunter Greene, signed with the Cincinnati Reds for a reported bonus of $7.23 million.


1986: P Kevin Brown, Rangers (4th overall)

1988 2B Ty Griffin, Cubs (9th)

1993: C Jason Varitek, Twins (21st)

1994: C Jason Varitek, Mariners (14th)

1994: OF Jay Payton, Mets (29th)

1994: SS Nomar Garciaparra, Red Sox (12th)

1997: OF Mark Fischer, Red Sox (35th)

2001: 1B/3B Mark Texeira, Rangers (5th)

2001: 2B Richard Lewis, Braves (40th)

2003: OF Matt Murton, Red Sox (32nd)

2005: SS Tyler Greene, Cardinals (30th)

2007: C Matt Wieters, Orioles (5th)

2007: OF Danny Payne, Padres (64th)

2010: P Deck McGuire, Blue Jays (11th)

2011: P Jed Bradley, Brewers (15th)

2012: P Luke Bard, Twins (42nd)

2017: C Joey Bart, Giants (2nd)

Including Bart, Georgia Tech now boasts 16 first-round picks in school history (including compensation-round selections). The list swells to 17 players, if you count catcher Jason Varitek going in Round 1 for consecutive years (1993 with Twins, 1994 with Mariners).


2017: Joey Bart, Giants

2014: Kyle Schwarber, Cubs

2012: Mike Zunino, Mariners

2009: Tony Sanchez, Pirates

2008: Buster Posey, Giants

2007: Matt Wieters, Orioles

2005: Jeff Clement, Mariners

2001: Joe Mauer, Twins (1st overall)

1999: Eric Munson, Tigers

1995: Ben Davis, Padres

1990: Mike Lieberthal, Phillies

1989: Tyler Houston, Braves

1985: Kurt Brown, White Sox

1979: Jay Schroeder, Blue Jays

1975: Danny Goodwin, Angels (1st overall)

1974: Dale Murphy, Braves

1973: John Stearns, Phillies

1972: Bobby Goodman, Expos

1971: Danny Goodwin, White Sox (1st overall)

1970: Mike Ivie, Padres

1970: Barry Foote, Expos

1970: Darrell Porter, Brewers

1968: Martin Cott, Astros

1968: Thurman Munson, Yankees

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29 May 2018
22 May 2018

Atlanta Couple Find Success Owning Property Management Company, PMI Georgia

Chris and Donna Littleton found success in the property management industry and continue to grow their business, PMI Georgia, as Property Management Inc. (PMI) franchise owners. In addition to being PMI franchise owners, the Littletons serve as Regional Mentors to PMI property managers in the state of Georgia, helping and guiding them to grow their own franchises.

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The Littletons’ relationship predates their career in real estate, to when they were both working the airline industry. After 9/11, corporate downsizing left the couple unemployed. "With two young daughters at home, we had to find a way to secure a better future for our family," said Donna. Their search led them to real estate investing and they opened Real Market Experts of Atlanta, a real estate firm specializing in locating and selling turnkey rental properties to investors, in 2004. "Negotiating great deals came easy for us," Chris commented. "The challenge was finding a good property manager and a team we could count on for maintenance and repairs." To meet the needs of their clients, they started two more companies, Solutions Realty Network, a property management company, and Home Pro Solutions, a general contracting company performing renovations and maintenance for rental homes. "We believe real estate is a great investment because it gives you more control than you have with many other investments, so we’ve made it our business to become experts on all aspects of owning rental property," Donna explained.

Donna became aware of PMI when a former employee opened his own business by purchasing a PMI franchise. After researching PMI thoroughly, the Littletons saw the advantages of being part of a larger network of property managers and decided that the tools, support and brand strength that PMI had to offer was too good to pass up. "We were very blessed to be as successful as we had been with limited guidance and no prior experience in property management," Donna said. "With the systems and resources available through PMI, we knew we could take our business to the next level and achieve our goals and dreams." Solutions Realty Network converted to PMI Georgia in 2017 and the Littletons joined the PMI family not only as franchise owners but as regional mentors, sharing their expertise with other PMI owners.

The Littletons credit their success in one the most competitive property management markets in the country to great customer service and knowledge of the litigious aspects of the business. "As property managers, we’re here to mitigate risk for our owners," Chris said. "Being educated and current on legal issues allows us to do that." The future looks bright for the Littletons as they continue as both life and business partners. "It’s hard to imagine what life would be like if we went our separate ways in the morning," said Donna. "The business has had its ups and downs, but we’ve always been in it together and worked through the challenges and celebrated successes together."

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Property Management Inc. is a property management and real estate services company providing leading-edge technology, training, systems to more than 200 franchises. The PMI network manages more than $7 billion in assets globally and is recognized as a leading property management franchise. Its innovative franchise program provides the only platform that unifies the four pillars of property management: residential, commercial, association, and vacation. PMI is currently named on the Inc. 5000, Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 list as "Best in Category" winner for 2017 and 2018. For more information, please visit www.propertymanagementinc.com.

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15 May 2018

Real Estate Up & Comers: Lindsay Murphy, Nelson – Atlanta Business Chronicle

As a designer, Lindsay Murphy has worked at building relationships among building owners, brokers and developers in the commercial real estate world.

“I was fortunate enough to volunteer for a few NAIOP Georgia and ACBR events,” she said, referring to the state chapter of the national Commercial Real Estate Development Association and the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors. “I learned so much spending time with our clients that I was eager to do more.”

Murphy, the managing director|Atlanta for Nelson, a global architecture and design firm, said being active in these organizations has cultivated friendships as well as business.

“Joining these organizations and being on their various committees and boards means I get to serve beside my clients and friends while making a difference in our community,” she added.

Her involvement also sometimes presents a challenge, she said. “It’s easy to want to be a part of everything going on around you,” Murphy said. “Finding balance, and staying focused and present in the moment, can be a challenge – but it’s key to long-term success.”

Her professional accomplishments involve the success of others, she added. “I am humbled by the many talented professionals that I’ve been able to work beside, mentor and watch grow,” she added. “Seeing those around me flourish will always be something I’m proud of.”

The commercial real estate world is continuously changing, Murphy said. “There are endless industry developments to learn about, brilliant professionals to meet and rewarding projects to be a part of,” she added. “Changing, growing and evolving with this CRE community keeps me excited about what’s coming next.”

With this worldview, “Lindsay has moved to the forefront of the NAIOP organization and in this industry – and she does it all with genuine passion,” said Debbie Koenig, executive director of NAIOP Georgia, adding that Murphy was recently elected by her peers to hold a seat on the NAIOP Future Leaders executive committee.

Koenig said she is impressed by Murphy’s commitment. “She will play an important part in the future of NAIOP, interior design and the commercial real estate industry.”

To be successful in the industry means approaching every opportunity with a “How can I help?” attitude, Murphy said. “Raise your hand, go the extra mile, take on more than you’re ready for.”

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08 May 2018

The Lonely Existence of Winnipeg Jets Fans in Atlanta

John Lipman, a former Atlanta Thrashers season-ticket holder, became a Winnipeg Jets fan after the franchise moved there in 2011.

KENNESAW, Ga. — John Lipman rounded a corner in his stately home here northwest of Atlanta wearing a vintage Winnipeg Jets jersey and white Winnipeg Jets sneakers, but his game day outfit still felt incomplete.

Ducking out of the foyer, he reappeared a few seconds later clad in an electric blue blazer — size 48 and 100 percent polyester — festooned with Jets logos that he procured three weeks ago during a pilgrimage to Manitoba. His wife, Jayne, shook her head.

“Isn’t that the worst thing you’ve ever seen?” she said.

She nevertheless indulges Lipman’s obsession with the Jets, the spiritual successor of the Atlanta Thrashers, who played — not very well, if we’re being honest — 11 seasons at Philips Arena downtown before relocating to Winnipeg, Manitoba, in 2011.

Rather than adopt another team, renounce hockey altogether or root joylessly for the Jets’ opponents — à la deserted Seattle SuperSonics fans hissing at the Oklahoma City Thunder from afar — Lipman remained loyal to a franchise that he had backed from Section 115, Row F, Seats 7 to 10, since the Thrashers’ inception in 1999.

The community of fellow Winnipeg fans across this sprawling metropolitan area is smaller than a hockey puck, a minority within a minority. Watching almost every game, devouring practice reports and tracking off-season moves, they are as infatuated with the Jets as their most ardent comrades in Manitoba — even if, until a few years ago, some could not locate the province on a map.

“I was like: ‘What the hell is a Winnipeg? Who’s taking my team?’” said Buddy Whitlock, 28, a Jets fan from suburban Lawrenceville, Ga.

Sitting beside his girlfriend, Ana Smith, who was cradling their 6-month-old daughter, Claire, in a booth at a Waffle House last week, Whitlock wore a Jets hat and a plain white T-shirt, getting in the spirit of the whiteout that would envelop Bell MTS Place for Game 3 of a Western Conference semifinal game against the Nashville Predators later that night.

Already these Jets, who this season finished with more points (114) than all but Nashville, have advanced deeper than any other team in the franchise’s 18 seasons. The competition was hardly steep, mind you: In their only other two playoff series, the Thrashers, in 2007, and the Jets, in 2015, were 0-8. But they now hold a 3-2 series lead against the Predators after routing them, 6-2, on Saturday night.

Because of that, Lipman, 58, can appreciate the delirium coursing through Winnipeg, the smallest market in the N.H.L., whose identity was wounded by the original Jets’ departure, after 17 meager seasons, to the Phoenix area in 1996.

Lipman watching Game 3 of the Jets’ playoff series against the Predators in his suburban Atlanta home. He rubs a Mark Scheifele bobblehead atop his TV for good luck.

A bleakness enveloped Winnipeg in a way that Lipman and the Thrashers’ loyal knot of fans, if not Atlanta as a whole, could understand.

“I’m man enough to admit that I cried,” said Austin Kitchens, 24, who had just completed his junior year of high school when the Thrashers moved.

His friends joke that he is a Northerner living in the South, loving hockey as he does. Heading into that first season without the Thrashers, Kitchens tried not to like the Jets. He was jealous that Winnipeg could cheer for his team, for his players. Then he started scanning message boards and watching preseason games on the internet and following Jets reporters on social media and traveling to Nashville and Tampa, Fla., for games.

Over the Jets’ seven seasons, Kitchens estimated, he has missed maybe a dozen games on television. Whitlock has rarely missed a game on TV or radio since he re-engaged with hockey after a few years of indifference. He often works nights, setting up events, which is conducive to the later start times of Jets games, but he tries to watch with Claire — born on a Jets off-day, naturally — because Winnipeg tends to win when she does. Except for that double-overtime loss at Nashville in Game 2.

“She fell asleep,” said Whitlock, turning to Claire. “Don’t worry — it’s not your fault, it’s not your fault.”

Whitlock hopes she will grow up to love the Jets as much as he does, which is even more than he loved the Thrashers. Hockey, fast-paced and physical, appealed to him more than football or baseball ever did. When the Thrashers left, he missed having a rooting interest.

“I felt kind of like a guy without a soul, you know?” Whitlock said.

The thought of adopting a perennial contender, like Chicago or Pittsburgh, repulsed him. So did switching to Nashville, the team closest to Atlanta. The Predators capitalized on the void by offering weekend ticket packages to abandoned Thrashers fans. They included discounted hotel rates and a gas card, and Nat Harden, the senior vice president for tickets and youth hockey, said the Predators sold almost 150 packages.

One went to David Pugliese, 58, a former Thrashers season-ticket holder from Milton, Ga., who said the team’s departure topped the list of disappointments in his life. Pugliese attended several Predators playoff games last year and drove up for Game 5 Saturday in Nashville against the franchise he once supported.

“I think it would be much weirder if it was the same roster, but the roster has changed so much,” said Pugliese, noting that only five players on the Jets were part of the Thrashers organization. “There’s really no mixed emotions.”

Had Matt McReynolds, 26, followed his impulse, he, too, might have changed his allegiance. Angry at the league and at Commissioner Gary Bettman, who he felt did not do enough to keep the Thrashers in Atlanta, McReynolds tried cheering for Nashville. It felt strange, artificial.

In 2012, about halfway through the Jets’ first season back in Winnipeg, McReynolds had his left shoulder tattooed with the Thrashers’ logo. Gradually he began watching the Jets again, sucked in by players he liked who were now wearing a new insignia on their chests.

“Now,” he said, “it’s pretty much my kid, my wife and Jets hockey.”

As a hockey fan in Georgia, McReynolds already felt isolated and lonely; he has never met another Jets fan he did not convert to the team himself. It seemed natural to devote himself to a team in a city he has never visited, that plays in an arena whose smells and sounds and sights he cannot conjure.

Once, he said, a customer at a Publix supermarket in Conyers, Ga., where McReynolds lives, spotted him wearing Jets gear and called him a traitor. When Whitlock wears his Jets hat, with a fighter jet atop a red maple leaf, people ask why he supports the Canadian air force. When he wears his Thrashers hat, with a bird gripping a hockey stick, people ask whether it’s a skateboarding company.

Without that kinship, Kitchens said, rooting for the Jets feels like a private endeavor.

“You’re not about to go to work and say, ‘How about those Jets last night?’” said Kitchens, a union pipe fitter from Stockbridge, Ga. “They’d be like, ‘Who?’”

Lipman had long wanted to visit Winnipeg. Seeking a more communal experience, he booked airfare and a hotel room for the Jets’ playoff opener before the regular season ended, betting that they would secure home-ice advantage in the first round against Minnesota.

To score a ticket to Game 1, Lipman, an interventional radiologist, cold-called another one in Winnipeg, Brian Hardy, and presented his bona fides: a Thrashers season-ticket holder with a closet full of Jets jerseys who watches practically every game on his laptop or phone.

A day later, Hardy invited Lipman to sit with him and his family, but on one condition: that Lipman give grand rounds at the hospital. For the occasion, Lipman wore a navy Jets jersey — his dress blues, he said — and, in a show of gratitude, was presented with a trove of Jets paraphernalia.

“I got all kinds of nice Winnipeg booty,” Lipman said.

An unopened Jacob Trouba bobblehead sat behind the bar in his basement, where Lipman watched Game 3 on Tuesday on a television topped by another bobblehead, that of Jets center Mark Scheifele. From his seat in the arena, Hardy called Lipman on FaceTime, letting him absorb the pregame atmosphere.

His blazer long discarded, draped over an easy chair, Lipman agonized as Nashville scored the first three goals (you’ve gotta have that!), rejoiced as Winnipeg scored the next four (that’s more like it!) and kicked the coffee table when the Predators equalized in the third period.

With six minutes remaining, he rose from the couch to wave his “We Are Winnipeg” rally towel and rub the Scheifele bobblehead for good luck. A minute later, a Scheifele shot caromed to Blake Wheeler — a former Thrasher — whose snipe from a sharp angle proved the winning goal in a 7-4 victory.

With Winnipeg one win from the conference finals, a playoff round neither incarnation of the franchise has reached, Lipman was thinking about his next potential trips — to Las Vegas, maybe, with his son, Jonathan, if the Golden Knights also advance.

But, really, he wants to return to Winnipeg, to revel with fans who lost their beloved team and grieved its absence and are now celebrating the best hockey they’ve ever seen. People dressed in white but dreaming of silver, of the Stanley Cup, just like him.

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01 May 2018

Dear Keaton Is Seeking E-Commerce Interns In Atlanta, Ga

DearKeaton.com is currently looking for a positive, upbeat, go-getter with an interest in working with a growing brand and gaining experience in e-commerce marketing.

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DearKeaton.com is currently looking for a positive, upbeat, go-getter with an interest in working with a growing brand and gaining experience in e-commerce marketing.


The internship will primarily focus on supporting the marketing and operations functions in a collaborative, entrepreneurial environment. Internship will provide real life experience honing skills in product marketing, social media campaigns, website management and inventory support. The program committment requires 12 hours/ week spread over 2-3 weekdays for a mimimum of 3 months.

The internship is unpaid and open to students seeking academic credit for an internship. Students should check with their individual academic institutions for requirements prior to applying for internship.


Must have analytical skills and willingness to learnExcellent organization skills and attention to detailTechnical savy, including Google Analytics, Mailchimp, Photoshop, Planoly and Graphic Design skillsInterest in marketing and e-commerceExperience with Woo Commerce a plusMust provide own laptopMust be a rising college Junior or Senior


Assist with preparing and publishing content to websiteAssist with preparation of product feedsAssist with product photoshootsAssist with preparation of orders and checking inventory levelsAssist with social media management and writing copy for social channelsAssist with day-to-day office tasks

We are a rising business looking for a rock star intern! If this sounds like the perfect fit for you, please send your resume to hello@dearkeaton.com.


Dear Keaton is a global lifestyle brand which promotes resort living every day. Founders Christie Shepard and Chris Hutcheson have a shared passion for travel, living with intention and great design. The duo, former execs in the home textiles industry, envisioned an online marketplace with a highly curated selection of home furnishings, gifts, apparel and accessories which channels the relaxed vibe of some of the most beautiful resorts around the world. Dear Keaton was created for those who have traveling spirits or simply dream of wondrous destinations. Many of Dear Keaton’s globally sourced products are artisan made, sustainable and fair trade. Be inspired to fill your life with more meaningful wares to reflect your individual personality and create a well traveled home.

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